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Dive Review of Go West/Kura Hulanda Lodge in

Go West/Kura Hulanda Lodge: "Enjoyable Trip", Mar, 2015,

by Jeffrey R. Johnson, FL, US (Contributor Contributor 12 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 8154.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling 2 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Kura Hulanda Lodge is about 40 minutes from the airport. It has an excellent location, lush (but not exceptionally maintained) grounds overlooking the water although the beach isn't much - but enough for divers looking to relax. The Lodge in general was reasonably well maintained and comfortable but seemed a little short of staff. The food at the main restaurant was good, but menu choices limited. On Fri/Sat, only the beach restaurant is open but it served very good grilled meats. In general, service is good in the complex and the staff is friendly and helpful.

Fri/Sat/Sun, a restaurant named Sol is open and you can walk there - good food including pizza, owned by NH couple. Make a reservation Otherwise, you need a car or taxi to venture off Lodge property for food, including markets (some rooms have kitchenettes).

You can take the hotel van from the lodge to their sister property in Willemstad and spend good part of the day in "city". We also hired a taxi for a guided exploration of the island. We would return to Kura Hulanda Lodge.

Go West Diving is a well run efficient operation, located on the Kura Hulanda property. Boats leave at 8:30, return around 1:00. You handle your own gear but they will assist as needed. Diving is easy, some drift but mostly moorings. The boats are good size, generally not overloaded with divers. Snacks, water, and juice are aboard. The Divemasters were competent and outgoing. At the end of the dive, they have separate rinse tanks for specific gear, including one with disinfectant for wetsuits. There is a storage area.

A typical dive was 60+ minutes including safety stop. I don't think we ever went past 70 feet. Coral life was good, fish plentiful. We saw lots of Spotted Morays, and Golden Spotted Eels. All in all, the dives were relaxing and an opportunity to scour the coral for critters.
Websites Go West   Kura Hulanda Lodge

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Roatan, Belize, Saba, St. Eustatius, Bonaire, Florida Keys, Palau, Fiji, Utila, Hawaii, BVI
Closest Airport Willemstad Getting There We flew direct from Miami

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 81-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40-80 Ft/ 12-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Maximum depth, time, safety stop
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
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